WELLESLEY, Mass. - Plymouth State University's women's swimming and diving team placed third out of five teams Saturday afternoon in the annual season-opening Betty Spears Relays, hosted by Wellesley College at Chandler Pool.
The Panthers finished the 15-event meet with 139 points, behind team champion Wellesley (346 points) and runner-up Westfield State (168). Mount Holyoke (92) was fourth and Babson (66) fifth. It was a big improvement over last year for PSU, when it finished fifth with 74 points.
The top performance by Plymouth State was in the diving events. Senior Danielle DeStefano (Centerville, Mass.) took second place in the one-meter diving with a score of 199.35, less than a point behind the winner. She came back to capture first place in the three-meter event, her score of 245.15 more than 20 points ahead of second place.
Wellesley dominated the day, winning 14 of the 15 events. PSU had two runner-up finishes in swimming events, with freshmen Erika Young (Lynnfield, Mass.) and Caitlin Little (Scituate, Mass.), sophomore Trista Garrity (Saco, Maine), and junior Lindsay Osborne (Cedar Falls, Iowa) placing second in the 200 free relay and Osborne, freshman Nicki Ramberg-Pihl (Rumney, N.H.), Young and senior Katie Bouffard (Essex Jct., Vt.) taking second in the 200 butterfly/breaststroke relay.
The meet included several standard events, such as the 200 and 400-yard freestyle relays and the 400-yard medley relay, but also includes non-traditional races such as the 300-yard butterfly, 300-yard backstroke and 300-yard breaststroke relays and the 1500-yard freestyle (three swimmers per team). The Panthers finished third in the 300-yard specialty relays as well as both the 400 and 1500 yard free relays.
The Panthers will return to Wellesley College this Saturday to begin the dual meet portion of the schedule. The first event begins at 1:00 p.m.
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